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  • NFPA 20, 2019 Edition

    Accepted Changes and Additions The NFPA 20 committee has completed the review process and update of the 2019 edition of NFPA 20, Standard for the Inst…

  • NFPA 14, 2019 Edition

    Major Updates Made to the Standard The major updates for the 2019 edition of NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, are…

  • The Importance of an ITM Arm for Your Business

    Get the Upper Hand George Costanza needed the “upper hand” in his relationship in one episode of Seinfeld. Maybe an upper hand in your business is mis…

  • Galvanized Steel Sprinkler Piping

    Current Recommendations in the Fire Protection Industry The use of galvanized steel is an excellent means of preventing corrosion by oxygen under the …

  • NFPA 13 2019 and CPVC

    Exciting Changes Ahead There is always a lot of excitement surrounding the issuance of a new National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard. Thi…

Galvanized Steel Sprinkler Piping

Current Recommendations in the Fire Protection Industry The use of galvanized steel is an excellent means of preventing corrosion by oxygen under the right conditions. The galvanizing process involves the application of a thin layer of zinc to the surface of steel to protect it from corrosive attack. Hot Dip …

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NFPA 13 2019 and CPVC

Exciting Changes Ahead There is always a lot of excitement surrounding the issuance of a new National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard. This fall we welcome the 2019 editions of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems; NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- …

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NFPA 13 Restructured

2019 Edition New Format Aligns with System Design Process The 2019 edition of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, will introduce a new era in terms of the format and layout of the standard. This reorganization was done to better match and align with the fire sprinkler …

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Garages in NFPA 13R

Protection Requirements Sprinkler protection in NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies, would appear to be straightforward, but with architects getting more creative with their designs, we are forced to seek assistance in navigating the nuances of the standard. The committee members have taken …

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Seismic Requirements for Vertical Pipes

It’s Not Just About Four-Way Braces When you think about seismic bracing for vertical sprinkler systems, your thoughts probably go straight to four-way bracing for risers. But there are several additional requirements that may come into play under the hanging and bracing requirements in NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation …

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Structural Support Bracket

changes in 2016 nfpa 13

Not Part of the NFPA 13 Hanger Assembly I get many technical questions regarding code and standard jurisdiction for the structural support bracket. The answer to these questions varies, but usually includes both the building code and NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, for different reasons. In …

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